Can you imagine if your HVAC system overheated and gave out in the middle of a hot summer day? There are worse things in the world, but a boiling house on a hot day still doesn’t sound like any fun. The good news is, you can tell if your HVAC is overheating. Take a look at these four essential steps.
Step 1: Understanding Overheating
What does it mean for an AC to overheat? It means your air conditioner is working harder than it should and has pushed past its capacity. When this happens, it can lead to a tripped circuit breaker, which leads to your system shutting down.
Step 2: Check Your Air Filter
If your air filter is dirty and clogged, it makes your AC work harder than it should. When it runs harder, it can overheat and shut down. Changing the filter should fix this problem.
Step 3: Inspect the Fan Blades
Are your AC fan blades dirty? If they are, it could make them heavier, straining the motor and overheating the system. Cleaning the fan blades is a great way to check to see if this is the problem.
Step 4: Look for Dirty Coils
Dirty evaporator coils can’t absorb heat. When the coils are dirty, the air won’t cool down to the desired temperature, so the AC will keep running to try to cool down your house. In the process, the AC could overheat. Keeping the coils clean can prevent this type of shutdown.
Don’t wait until your air conditioner overheats and shuts down, leaving your house sweltering in the middle of summer. Contact H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling, Inc. to schedule a maintenance visit and prevent overheating this summer.